Vancouver went through a period of 11 years without hosting any match of the Canadian national team.
Now, it is fast becoming the unofficial home of the national team after hosting several matches in the last five months. Vancouver has once again been announced as the destination to host the World Cup qualifying game against El Salvador in September. BMO Field in Toronto is listed as the official stadium for the Canadian national team, but the Federation president Victor Montagliani says that a lot of wind has forced the decision to make Vancouver’s BC Place as the host.
Canada is already looking forward to this home qualification game, but they need to improve their form dramatically in order to have any hope of reaching the World Cup finals. After losing their last three games in all competitions, Canada is seen as one of the minnows in the region. However, they started the campaign in positive fashion after winning against Honduras. They have been able to get four points and remained level with Honduras. The second team from the group will be able to qualify for the next round and this is likely to be the target for Canada given that Mexico remain way ahead in front with the maximum 12 points.
“The home support and sea of red will be very important in our final home match of our group in September. We expect that the 12th man will make all the difference for us to continue our journey on the Road to Russia. When it comes to World Cup qualifying, it’s not about sharing the love, it’s about where we’re going to get three points. If our technical staff believes that’s where we need to go, that’s where we’ll probably go. I like BMO Stadium in Toronto, but sometimes there is a lot of wind,” said Montagliani.